Smithsonian Releases Animated Video on Three Discoveries from Oil Spill Studies

The Smithsonian’s Ocean Portal published an animated video that explores a few of the discoveries that came from several projects funded by the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative. After taking viewers back to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the animation describes oil spill research that helped us learn more about how the ocean’s currents move floating oil, about sea creatures seen for the first time, and about a marsh bird’s natural defense against oil.

View the four-minute Ocean Portal animated video Research Discoveries from the Deepwater Horizon Gulf Oil Spill at

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GoMRI and the Smithsonian have a partnership to enhance oil spill science content on the Ocean Portal website.

The GoMRI is a 10-year (2010-2020) independent research program established to study the effect, and the potential associated impact, of hydrocarbon releases on the environment and public health, as well as to develop improved spill mitigation, oil detection, characterization and remediation technologies. An independent and academic 20-member Research Board made the funding and research direction decisions to ensure the intellectual quality, effectiveness and academic independence of the GoMRI research.  All research data, findings and publications are publicly available. The program was established through a $500 million financial commitment from BP. For more information, visit

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